Appalachian Elementals #1
By Jeanne G’Fellers
Also Available at Audible
Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.
Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.
Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses her mind until her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.
It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?
Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a side of fries and a quart of peach moonshine.
Contains LGBTQ+ characters across the spectrum and a non-binary/enby protagonist.
“I’ve never seen a book Quite Like This, either in the bi space or out of it. The combination of such a classic story (reincarnation/soulmates) with both bi romance and the Appalachian setting results in an experience that is utterly magic (pun not entirely intended). The overall writing quality is high, the characters are rich, the setting is lovely, and the interplay of magical realism with the Appalachian folkways is gorgeous. I especially loved the really deft weaving of the bi-ness of the elementals into the contemporary world’s evolving relationship with bi-ness and other queerness. I also learned something about the experience of being bi (and also generally queer) in Appalachia, and for that the author has my gratitude.” – Bi Writers Association
“While this story is full of beautiful, wonderful queerness in all its glory, it isn’t limited to that. It’s also about taking care of each other and the earth; it’s about coming home; it’s about family of origin and chosen family; and it’s about standing up against the forces of destruction all around us. This is a book for anyone who is looking for love and beauty amidst all the ugliness and cruelty our modern world so often displays”. – Author A. M. Leibowitz
“A stand-out book. An imaginative tale of identity steeped in Appalachian folklore.” – BookLife Prize
“Honestly, it was nothing like I expected but I was completely drawn into the world the author created and felt as if she (the author) had the secrets of the world trapped within the pages. The use of pronouns was masterful, the glorious understanding that sexuality and life are to be accepted the way people are- everything about this story screamed of love and home and acceptance and magic. This is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading” – Author H. M. Gooden
“I’d recommend Cleaning House to readers who enjoy an interesting story of elemental and other magic that has complex characters and explores sexuality, gender, and a person’s sense of self.” – Author Anne Barwell
“The Appalachian setting just zings off the page, from the descriptions of the land to the Tennessee dialect of some of the characters. More than that, when Jeanne writes characters who are queer or nonbinary, they’re writing from the heart.” – Siri, Queer Sci-Fi